Research

Affordable Care Act

HealthCare.gov  Provides information about the Affordable Care Act for families, individuals and small business. If you live in Michigan, you’ll use this website, HealthCare.gov, to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can apply as early as October 1, 2013.

EnrollMichigan  Enroll Michigan is a statewide network of non-profit agencies providing free enrollment support services to health insurance consumers.

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SCORE One-on-One Counseling  Have questions? Need mentoring? Meet SSLDL's SCORE counselor, Ken Kuna, for one-to-one counseling to answer your questions or put you in touch with others who can. One hour appointments can be scheduled for 5:00, 6:00, or 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of the month.  Register online or call the Information Desk at 248-437-6431 for assistance.

ReferenceUSA  Provides detailed information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses; searchable by company name, geographic area, yellow pages heading, and more. Additional databases cover U.S. Healthcare and Consumers/Lifestyles. Updated annually. New to ReferenceUSA? Try these video tutorials.

Foundation Center  [Free in-library use only] Access Foundation Center databases, directories, fundraising and philanthropy publications, and training resources through a national/international Funding Information Network.

Business Decision  Combines geographic information system (GIS) technology with extensive business, demographic and consumer household data to help grow and develop your business. Build a Landscape of your community. You will need to create an account to use this database.

Demographics Now!  Comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads & marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses & business plans, analyze population trends & traffic counts, find potential sponsors & donors.

Business Insights: Global  Research and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world.  Mel Resource

Learning Express Library Achieve your educational & career goals. High school equivalency (GED) center, Adult Learning Center, School Center, Career Center, College Prep Center, Recursos para Hispanohablantes  Mel.org

Legal Forms Library Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users with their legal or business needs. Continuously updated to reflect current state laws. Also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers, and an attorney directory. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only. Mel.org

MI-SBDC  Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBCD) is a network provides a full range of services for small businesses that are growing throughout Michigan, including new venture launches, existing and expanding businesses, and companies grounded in technology commercialization.

 Michigan Treasury Online

Business Start-Up and Operating Guidance The speed of innovation has never been faster, and the opportunities for start-ups have never been greater. The MEDC has the perfect blend of resources, programs and technology for those with cutting-edge ideas and never-ending ambition

For Lifelong Learners

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free (and for fee) online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

  • edX takes their mission of increasing global access to quality education seriously. [They] connect learners to the best universities and institutions from around the world.

  • Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

  • Class Central courses organized by notable, subject, university, and provider.

  • Udacity offers free courses to enhance your skillset and boost your hireability through flexible and independent learning. Udacity offers nanoderees for a fee to master cutting edge skills in programs built with the most innovative companies in the world.

  • Join 6981983 people learning together at FutureLearn. Enjoy free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Start learning now.

  • There are more available all the time! Massive list of MOOC providers around the world. 

Goodwill Foundation Learnfree For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free

Khan Academy You can learn anything. For free. For fun. Forever.  Coursework organized K-8, High School, College, Adult Learner

For Consumers

Annualcreditreport.com  AnnualCreditReport.com is a centralized service for consumers to request free annual credit reports. It was created by the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Data.gov Consumer Database  This site is a centralized federal resource for Smart Disclosure. Here you will find hundreds of government datasets that can help enable consumer choice; apps that demonstrate the power of Smart Disclosure; challenges for app developers; and resources to learn more about Smart Disclosure.

Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Protection Page  This section of the FTC website offers practical information on a variety of consumer topics. The information here can help you avoid rip-offs and exercise your consumer rights.

Fuel Economy Guides  This site is maintained jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The site helps fulfill DOE and EPA’s responsibility under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 to provide accurate MPG information to consumers.

Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services  DIFS can offer assistance to consumers if they have questions or complaints about credit unions, insurance companies, banks, and HMOs.

National Do Not Call Registry  The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Office of the Attorney General of Michigan - Consumer Protection  Provides tips and information for consumers in Michigan. The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's office helps consumers each year by mediating complaints that fall within our jurisdiction.

Better Business Bureau Detroit & Eastern Michigan  File a complaint or check on concerns.

Optoutprescreen.com  Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). The FCRA also provides you the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.

For Educators

ERIC  Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research. ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials such as conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more.

Khan Academy You can learn anything. For free. For fun. Forever.  Coursework organized K-8, High School, College, Adult Learner

Learning Express Library  Achieve your educational & career goals. High school equivalency (GED) center, Adult Learning Center, School Center, Career Center, College Prep Center, Recursos para Hispanohablantes  mel.org 

For Fun

Read.gov  Explore new worlds: Read. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read. Find reading resources for kids, teens and adults. Read classic books online, watch author webcasts, explore reading lists and much more!

For Genealogists / Historians

Ancestry Library Edition [Free in-library use only]  Ancestry Library Edition provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, and more. Ancestry Library Edition, the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource, includes more than 7,000 databases of family information available to you via the library. For great short tutorials, visit the Ancestry Academy

Salem-South Lyon Digital ArchivesThe Salem-South Lyon Digital Archives provides a powerful and user friendly database to help you dig deep into South Lyon's past. The archives include South Lyon Herald newspaper issues from1929 to 2007 -- digitized and fully searchable to help you find the information you need. Issues from 2008-2011 are available for in-house use at the library and can be requested at the adult reference desk. This project is maintained by Salem-South Lyon District Library.   Video Tutorial

Detroit Free Press Archives (1831-1999)This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage: 1831 - 1999

ArchiveGrid  Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies Mel Resource

Heritage Quest Online  HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images and extensive indexing from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses, as well as access to Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records and the U.S. Serial Set. It also offers more than 22,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories Mel Resource

MEL Michigana  Enrich your genealogy research with the digital and audio materials found in MeL Michigana. Over 50,000 items from a broad spectrum of libraries and historical institutions in Michigan are included in this free online collection. Mel Resource

Cyndi's List  A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. Use Cyndi's List to locate genealogical information online and begin researching your family history.

FamilySearch  FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Patrons may freely access resources and service online at FamilySearch.org, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is an excellent resource for international genealogical records.

Historical Society of Michigan  The Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s oldest cultural organization, helps to connect Michigan’s past to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through education programs, conferences, publications, awards, workshops, referral services, networking opportunities, and support for local history organizations .

Library of Michigan Family History  This Web page has information about conducting genealogy research and using the Library and Historical Center, as well as links to online research tools you may use from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Michigan Vital Records  The State of Michigan vital records office has records of births, deaths, and marriages that occurred in Michigan and were filed with the state as early as 1867, and divorce records as early as 1897.

Northville Historic Records  Provides access to "The Northville Record" newspaper dating back to 1869, as well as other Northville area historical resources.

PIPL Search  With the world's largest people search engine, Pipl is the place to find the person behind the email address, social username or phone number.

RootsWeb  An online community of genealogical researchers. RootsWeb provides tools, resources and advice for those researching their family history.

Seeking Michigan  Provides access to unique historical information that promotes Michigan’s cultural heritage. We define cultural heritage as the stories of Michigan’s families, homes, businesses, communities and landscapes as told by unique source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts

The USGenWeb Project  The USGenWeb Project provides free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county. The national site links to state sites, which, in turn, provide gateways to county sites. They also sponsor special projects, gathering useful data you can access for free. This site provides access to a wealth of data including obituraries, cemetary listings, historical maps, state histories, Civil War records, photos and much more.

For Green Living

Earth911  Find out where you can recycle.

Energy Savers - U.S. Department of Energy  Learn ways to save energy and use clean, renewable technologies at home, while driving, and at work.

Fueleconomy.gov  Find the lowest gasoline prices, compare cars for fuel efficiency, discover how hybrid cars and other alternative fuel vehicles work, learn you car's energy impact score, and much more!

For Health, Wellness and Community Services

Nursing Resource Center  Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals Mel Resource

Dollars for Docs: What Drug Companies are Paying Your Doctor  Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But seven companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom, compiled these disclosures into a single database that allows patients to search for their doctor.

MedLine Plus  Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. From the National Library of Medicine.

The Merk Manual of Medical Information - Home Edition for Patients and Caregivers  This free, online version of the popular Merk Manual of Medical Information explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated, as well as information about prognosis. Written in easy to understand language for patients and their caregivers, the online version is updated periodically with new information. On the bottom of each topic page is a “Last full review/revision” date. This date indicates when the topic last went through its full editing and review cycle. The online version also contains photographs, audio and video material not found in the print version.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Consumers & Patients  Your source for the latest evidence-based information for improving your health. Learn how to stay healthy, choose a health care plan, get safer care, understand diseases and conditions, and compare medical treatments.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Questions are the Answer  Do you know the right questions to ask your doctor? Improve your care and the care of your loved ones by taking an active role. Learn how to talk with your clinician, ask the right questions, understand your condition and evaluate your options. 

The National Association of Free Clinics  The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) (ID# 56-2273242) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 free clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Use this resource to find a free health clinic near you.

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange  Information about adopting in Michigan

United Way for Southeastern Michigan  United Way connects people with resources that improve their lives. Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are ready to provide information about a wide range of community services – including health care, job training, child care, mortgage foreclosure assistance and more.

Catholic Social Services  Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County has been dedicated to improving the lives of our community's most vulnerable citizens since 1959. Serving thousands of individuals and families each year, Agency programs reflect the diversity of our community: adoption and pregnancy counseling, food assistance, homelessness prevention, domestic and child abuse intervention and prevention, family therapy, and services designed to assist older adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, and at-risk families with young children.

ETCS - A Michigan Works! Community Action Agency  ETCS, as the Community Action Agency for Washtenaw County, provides services designed to help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. These programs address a wide range of needs - including weatherization assistance, senior nutrition, senior volunteer opportunities, utility, food and other emergency assistance.

ResourceConnect  NEW’s mission is to help nonprofits succeed by strengthening nonprofit management and offering solutions to issues facing the nonprofit community. It offers nonprofits in southeast Michigan resources, technology, and services to meet the challenges of doing more with less.

Oakland County Talking Book Service  The Oakland County Talking Book Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was established in 1974 to provide access to free library service for County residents who are unable to read standard printed material because of a visual impairment or physical limitation.

Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled  Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL is free service administered by the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (recorded cassette, digital cartridge, Braille and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. A player and materials are mailed at no cost as Free Matter for the Blind.

Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped  Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is one of the original nineteen Regional Libraries designated by the Library of Congress in 1931. Prior to this official designation, the Wayne County Library provided braille books to blind patrons from a storefront location in the City of Detroit.

For Homeschoolers

Go to our community page for a listing of local homeschool groups.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association  Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

Michigan Department of Education  The Michigan Department of Education provides resources and information on non-public and home schools.

Home Education Magazine  Home Education Magazine provides focused and extensive coverage of homeschooling and the issues of importance and concern to homeschooling families, advocates, and supporters. They provide free online newsletters, discussion boards, a networking list, and selections from the magazine.

Home Educators Resource Directory  The Home Educators Resource Directory provides a one-stop destination for information, supplies, services and support for the homeschool community. Organized by local, national and global resources, local events calendars, special offers, newsletters, educational articles and homeschool support groups.

Home School Fun! Online Magazine  Home School Fun! Online Magazine provides information to succeed in your homeschool.  It is an online learning site with weekly lessons, daily learning activities, hands-on projects, daily writing ideas, unit studies, weekly challenges, reading suggestions, homeschool help, free newsletter, and a monthly online homeschool magazine.

Homeschool World  Homeschool World is the official site of Practical Homeschooling Magazine and features a homeschooling community, articles, news and on-line experts.

Family Unschooler’s Network  Family Unschooler's Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning including newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other information.

Homeschooling Michigan  Homeschooling Michigan is intended to be the center for homeschooling in Michigan. Their mission is to bring together support groups, resources and activities for the Michigan Homeschooler.

Khan Academy You can learn anything. For free. For fun. Forever.  Coursework organized K-8, High School, College, Adult Learner

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network  A Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to providing encouragement to families with children with special needs that are homeschooling.

Learning Express Library  Achieve your educational & career goals. High school equivalency (GED) center, Adult Learning Center, School Center, Career Center, College Prep Center, Recursos para Hispanohablantes  mel.org

 

For Jobseekers

LearningExpress Library  Learning Express Library can help you build your workplace skills, confidence, and even help prepare you for some career/occupation exams including PSAT, SAT, ACT, many Career/Occupation Practice Tests, and more. Test-taking skills improvement courses & skill building in areas such as Math, Science, Reading Comprehension, and more are also available for many age levels at no cost to you.  mel.org

Occupational Outlook Handbook  The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

Michigan.gov Unemployment Insurance Agency  File for unemployment benefits online. The application will ask a series of questions. Based on your responses, the system may ask you additional questions in order to complete your claim. The process could take up to 45 minutes. To use the on-line service, applicants must be filing a new or additional claim.

For Legal / Government

Legal Forms Library  Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users with their legal or business needs. Continuously updated to reflect current state laws. Also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers, and an attorney directory. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only. mel.org

Michigan Legal Help  The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. It is an interactive, statewide legal self-help website, containing articles to learn about specific areas of the law, and toolkits to help you represent yourself in court.

Michigan Sex Offender Registry  This registry is made available through the Internet with the intent to better assist the public in preventing and protecting against the commission of future criminal sexual acts by convicted sex offenders.

Michigan Tenant Counseling Program  Michigan Tenant Counseling Program is a non-profit organization committed to informing tenants about the laws and ordinances that govern the landlord/tenant relationship. They provide information to tenants through a Resource Library and on-demand phone and internet counseling to residents of Washtenaw County and Battle Creek. Their part-time staff is comprised of committed tenant counselors and is supervised by an attorney. However, they can only provide information, not legal advice.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.  Legal Aid and Defender Association is the largest provider of legal services to low- and moderate-income people in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation. Their service area comprises Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the City of Detroit. They provide civil legal services to residents of all three counties and represent defendants arraigned on criminal charges in Wayne County Circuit Court and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. They have a full-time staff of 150, an annual operating budget of $15.2 million, and close more than 11,800 cases a year.

Statistical Abstract of the United States  The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

South Lyon City Council Archive  Includes agendas, minutes and packets from 2008 to present.

Michigan Legislative Publications  Provides PDFs of various Michigan government documents, as well as general interest publications.

Michigan Votes  Where do I vote: Michigan Voters Information is a web site provides you with a vast assortment of information related to voter registration and election administration in Michigan.

League of Women Voters  League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization established in 1920 to encourage citizen participation in government. It never supports or opposes any political party or candidate but does advocate on selected issues.

Maps of Oakland County  Provides various maps of Oakland County.

For Students

Khan Academy You can learn anything. For free. For fun. Forever.  Coursework organized K-8, High School, College, Adult Learner

The Learning Express Library  For all grades elementary through college,The Learning Express Library allows Michigan residents to access free practice tests, exercises and skill-building tutorials in a variety of subject areas. Creating an account is easy! Take free practice ACT, SAT, AP, TOEFL ibT tests, as well as graduate school entrance exams and much more. Mel Resource

Opposing Viewpoints in Context Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Mel Resource

Nursing Resource Center  Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface for disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals Mel Resource

.College Navigator  The U.S. Department of Education’s college search website.

Prepare for College  Find out what you need to do to prepare for education beyond high school from Student Aid on the Web. This website contains information and tools about how to prepare for college, how to start preparing early, and how to find an educational path and career that are right for you.

College Preparation Checklist  The new College Preparation Checklist is for all students considering or planning for college. The checklist explains how to prepare academically and financially for college through "to do" lists aimed at elementary and secondary students and their parents, as well as adult students. It also provides a brief introduction to federal aid, the FAFSA process and looking for scholarships.

Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid  Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. This guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.

Student Aid on the Web  Your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for college and funding education beyond high school.

Homework Center  Find help in various subjects such as chemistry, math, history and much more. Test your writing skills and get tips on doing better research.

Statistical Abstract of the United States  The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

CIA World Factbook  The CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

World Book Kids Grades PreK - 5 Contains eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, Living Things, People, Places, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, and World Religions.